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Boris Johnson Admitted To The ICU, World Leaders Offer Thoughts And Prayers

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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted Monday to the Intensive Care Unit at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London as his battle with the coronavirus becomes increasingly difficult, a spokesperson from his team told Fox News. That news quickly prompted world leaders to offer thoughts and prayers for the Prime Minister’s speedy recovery.

Johnson was diagnosed on March 26 and admitted to the hospital on Sunday.

“I want to express our nation’s well wishes to Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he wages his own personal fight with the virus.” President Donald Trump said Sunday, “All Americans are praying for him. He’s a friend of mine. He’s a great gentleman and a great leader. And he’s as you know, he was brought to the hospital today. But I’m hopeful and sure that he’s going to be fine. He’s strong man, strong person.”

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TN Republican introduces legislation to fight opioid shipments into U.S.

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Tennessee Republican Representative Diana Harshbarger is attempting to fight the opioid crisis and epidemic through new legislation. Introduced Friday, Harshbarger told the Daily Caller:

The Daily Caller first obtained a copy of the legislation, which addresses what Harshbarger calls a “loophole.” The legislation amends the Controlled Substances Act to specifically require registrants to investigate reports of suspicious orders of controlled substances and halt them if necessary. Under the version of the act currently in force, drug manufacturers and distributors are only required to report suspicious orders of opioids and other controlled substances to the DEA.

“Breaking the opioid epidemic’s stranglehold on our nation is one of my foremost priorities. In an effort to do so, my colleagues and I have identified a loophole that allows distributors to continue order fulfillment, even under suspicious circumstances.”

“My bill closes that loophole with the requirements and guardrails needed to ensure these addictive and potentially dangerous drugs do not fall into the wrong hands while the DEA investigates. The future of our nation depends on us solving the addiction crisis, and this is a step towards that outcome” Harshbarger continued.

The Daily Caller reports:

According to a congressional report released in September, the opioid crisis cost the U.S. $1.5 trillion during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CDC says 93,331 people died from overdoses in the U.S. in 2020, the highest in 50 years. Opioid-related deaths made up nearly three-quarters of the total.

Pharmaceutical companies have been blamed for contributing to the opioid epidemic. The Department of Justice is currently suing the pharmaceutical company AmerisourceBergen over allegations the company failed to report suspicious orders of opioids to federal law enforcement.

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